Hello My Darling Pouters.
Does the heading sound a tad odd? Have you heard of a show called Toddlers and Tiaras? No? Well, it’s basically a show where girls from about the age of 2-10 (sometimes younger) participate in a beauty pageant. This isn’t the normal little beauty pageant. This is serious business, especially for the mothers.
I can’t help but imagine a circus when I think of this show. Children forced to perform in dance acts. Pose for the crowds. Prance around on stage. Wear tons of makeup. Sit for hours with hot curlers. Getting high on hairspray. (I’m sure) Fake tans. Big dresses. Heels. Competing! That’s just a short little list. Yes, some little girls enjoy being little girly girls. But, who is paying for all this? The mothers! Who is paying and booking training coaches? The mothers. Who is taking the little princess to designers to have a meringue dress made? The mothers!
They say its “FUN”. FUN? Clearly they’re all inhaling the hairspray! No little child should be pushed or forced into something that belongs in an adults world. Isn’t it bad enough looking at adult beauty pageants sometimes? All those fake smiles and “we’re all good friends” lies? If they could, contestants would stab each other with their tiaras.
Anyway, let’s just say, if I have a daughter one day, I will NOT be forcing her into a pageant as extreme as this at such an early age. I was very girly when I was a little girl, then I became a tomboy. In early highschool I just didn’t care and only later in my senior highschool years did I become very girly. Everything was my choice. With guidelines of course.
However, the mothers on Toddlers and Tiaras use their kids as puppets to maybe live out what they themselves couldn’t be. Perhaps they were beauty queens and think of their little daughters as “Mini Me’s“.
The thing is, these girls are wearing bikinis, at times fake breasts under an evening gown, forced to compete like their lives depend on their outer beauty, sitting for hours curling their hair with heat irons, growing up with the mentality that beauty is all that matters. Losing would mean they’re not pretty enough.
Look at it this way, at the toddler stage, they’re being potty trained, they poop, scream, vomit, draw with pens everywhere they’re not supposed to, throw tantrums, are fussy eaters, they have snotty noses and sometimes wee in their beds. And these mothers can deal with this and think that adding tinsel on it all will make it all better? No way! All my daughter will be getting in this instance is Tinkerbell makeup in her make-believe world in her room with friends.